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Dear Facebook World…

The past 7 months for me have been a whirlwind of emotions. I am not even sure I can write this post and do it justice after everything that has happened. But now I can finally make it facebook official, so here goes. The best way to make this announcement is to start by saying how grateful I am to have family and friends in my life that both love and support me both in the states and internationally. And because of that, I was able to do something I never thought was possible for me. On December 10th, I did something crazy (thanks to my best friend Marie Adkinson for being an amazing example and role model). I applied for a position with the Peace Corps. On January 5th, I was extended an interview for a position in Nicaragua to teach English that would depart on August 5th, and I accepted the interview. On January 24th, I was offered the position! And I was given 3 days to make my decision whether to accept or decline the position. This has been something I have wanted my whole life, to have the opportunity to live in another country and work with the youth somehow. I didn’t need 3 days to make my decision. Because what if this opportunity never came again? Would I regret it? Would I wish I chose differently? What would I do with all my stuff? Would I sell it? Would I have to give up my apartment? Sell my car? Quit my beloved teaching position at RHS? There were a lot of doubts that initially crossed my mind and tried to flood my perspective. But then I said enough is enough. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that the Lord has placed in my lap. I decided to put my trust in Him instead of my doubts. So of course I accepted it! But then recently on June 1st, we got an email from our placement officer in regards to the civil unrest that is going on in Nicaragua and that unfortunately we would not be able to continue with our training class as scheduled. I was heartbroken because my mind was so set on being in Nicaragua and teaching English at a local high school and for the fact that it was a short bus ride away from Costa Rica, my home away from home. So we were given the option to be reassigned to another country, but with that comes a whole new departure date, and possibly a country that doesn’t speak the languages you know. I was excited but also nervous to find out the country they would offer me to serve in, but I told myself that regardless I would love whatever choice they gave me and I would serve the people whole-heartedly. On June 5th I received my new assignment to be a Youth in Development Facilitator in Guatemala! I was ecstatic to find out that not only would I still be getting to work with the youth, but I would still be in Central America (where my heart lies) and I would still be able to use the languages I know! After a long dueling medical clearance process that started in January, on June 26th (the day I arrived in Costa Rica to complete my last study abroad program for my Master’s degree) I received medical clearance and resigned from my teaching position at RHS on July 3rd. As of right now, I am officially all set to depart for Guatemala on September 25th, 2018 for a total of 27 months. Words cannot describe the level of excitement that I have for this incredible opportunity. I am honored to have this chance to work with Guatemalan Youth while also serving with the Peace Corps.

To my students-

You have made my 3 years at RHS some of the most exciting and best years of my life. I will be forever grateful that the Lord chose me to be your teacher. You all are such a blessing to me! Saying goodbyes were never really the easiest things for me to do, so I’m not going to do it. We’re just going to say “hasta luego”. You all have such bright futures ahead of you and I cannot wait to see you grow and prosper, and graduate! Never stop following your dreams no matter what anyone says. If you want something in life, and you know this is the plan God has for you, then you go after it and don’t stop until you reach it! There will be times and people in this life that are discouraging; and that is just life. But if you always know deep down who you are, what your goals are and what you stand for, there is nothing that can stand in your way. Love you all so much! Take care, and keep learning Spanish 🙂 Hasta luego!

To my siblings, Carly Cincotta, Noah Cincotta and Adam Cincotta-

I love you all so much and it makes me really sad to think about spending 2 years and 3 months without seeing y’all. Thank you for always sticking beside me regardless of all the many tons of arguments we get in. You are the best siblings anyone could ever ask for. I love you guys and I didn’t want to make this post without letting you all know how important you are to me and how blessed I am to be your big sister. Try not to kill each other at college Carly and Noah, lol…. Adam, you’re finally going to be the only child in the house! Haha, congrats love monkey! Be a good cousin, uncle, dad to my sweet boy Trigo while I’m gone, ok? 🙂

To my parents, Lisa Cincotta and Chris Cincotta-

Also, I can’t make this post without giving my parents a shoutout for putting up with me being their newest housemate again! Since March I have been living with them in order to build a savings for when I am out of the country. They have been beyond tolerating, hospitable and loving to me and my sweet pup Trigo. I know I don’t tell you enough, but I sincerely appreciate all you do for me and for your favorite granddog (sorry Carly Cincotta) 🙂 I know you both are nervous for me to be doing this “extreme” thing. But I also know that no matter what I do, I will always have your love and support through it all, no matter how many grey hairs I give you both 🙂 Love y’all so much!

Future Bak’tun 12 PCV,

-Bailey

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